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SHIMANO SM SPD SPD-SL CLEAT SET MTB ROAD

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16 in stock

Material
steel
Compatibility
Shimano SPD
Recommended Use
mountain biking

16 in stock

Description

The Shimano SPD cleats SM SH51 SH56 allow you to get out in one direction only by turning your heel outwards. They have been cold-forged and heat-treated to be more resilient and to function flawlessly even under the most demanding conditions. Of course, Shimano has perfectly adapted the SM-SH51 to work with SPD shoes. The cleats are available in pairs or in combination with a pair of backing plates.

Suitable for MTB Clipless Shoes and SPD pedals for example XTR, XT, M520, M540, M505 Pedals.

SH51 SPD CLEATS
These are the cleats that come with your Shimano SPD Pedals. The SH-51 Cleats are black and have four degrees of float for your feet. Compared to the SH-56 Multi-Release Cleats, these are much more secure and are generally preferred for the experienced rider. To get out of your pedal, you’ll have to swing your heel out a bit more than the SH-56 Cleats. Please Note: These will not work with older PD-M858 pedals (for those you’ll need SH-52 Cleats). On that same note, if you have an aftermarket SPD-style pedal that isn’t a Shimano branded pedal, these cleats are most likely not compatible with your pedals even though they might look remarkably similar to a Shimano pedal.

Four degrees of float

Shimano SPD-SL road pedals and cleats are a popular choice among professional and amateur cyclists thanks to their stable platform, easy operation, and long-lasting performance. The wide, low-profile cleats distribute force evenly and allow for easy walkability without needing to carry special cleat covers for your mid-ride coffee stop.

 

Shimano SPD SL Cleats Road biking

 

There are three different models of Shimano SPD-SL cleats to choose from that are designated by three colors: yellow, red, and blue. Each of the cleats offers unique features, including different float ranges and pivot points, and are designed with varied rider biomechanics in mind.

Shimano SPD-SL Cleats

What is Cleat Float?

The key differentiator between the three Shimano cleat options is the amount of float each allows. Float refers to the back-and-forth movement of the foot while you are clipped in and is essentially how much you can point your toes left or right while your shoe is attached to your pedal. Different levels of float help accommodate different riding styles or help with biomechanical issues such as lack-of-flexibility, past injuries, or knee pain. While float can help reduce stress on joints and make for a more comfortable pedaling movement, it can also result in a feeling of slightly less power transfer if your foot moves around too much.

Your neutral foot position is also important to understand before selecting and installing the right SPD-SL Cleat for you. The neutral position of the foot is defined as its most natural or efficient angle while pedaling. For some athletes, this means that both feet point perfectly straight forward. For others, the toes naturally point slightly inward or outward. If you’ve had an injury on one side of the body, your neutral position may differ between your left and right feet.

 

Shimano SPD-SL Cleat

 

Regardless of your foot angle, the goal is to position your cleats so that your neutral foot position falls in the middle of the float range. This allows for an even amount of float beyond your neutral foot position, which helps take stress off your knees and other critical joints. It may take several rides to dial the position perfectly, so take your time and make small cleat adjustments as-needed.

 

Shimano SPD-SL Road Bike Cleat

 

Yellow SPD-SL Cleats – 6 Degrees of Float

Yellow SPD-SL cleats are perhaps the most popular among casual fitness cyclists but are used by a wide range of athletes. They’re characterized by a six-degree float range (three degrees in each direction), which allows for free movement and low joint stress. The float’s pivot point is in the center of the cleat, allowing the toes to point in a wide range of angles. This large float range also provides more room for error when setting up your cleats. If you’re new to cycling, experience knee pain, lack flexibility, or simply don’t know where to start, Shimano’s yellow cleats are your best bet.

 

Red SPD-SL Cleats – 0 Degrees of Float

Red SPD-SL cleats have no float and are 100% fixed in position. This makes them great for sprinters, professional athletes, or people who value the most efficient power transfer possible and are not prone to knee pain. Note that red SPD-SL cleats require that you know your optimal cleat position precisely, and you are comfortable adjusting your cleats into that perfect position.

 

Blue SPD-SL Cleats – 2 Degrees of Float

Blue SPD-SL cleats are Shimano’s newest cleat option and they exist as a middle-ground between yellow and red. Blue cleats have two degrees of float (one degree in each direction), allowing for a small range of movement while still delivering a high amount of pedaling efficiency. The float pivot point is at the front of the cleat, which eliminates lateral sliding movement while allowing a small amount of angle change from the pivot point back towards the heel.

 

SPD-SL Cleat

 

Selecting the right cleats for your personal biomechanics and riding style is an essential step when setting your cycling shoes. It can be confusing at first, so ask your local bike shop for help in determining the right amount of float and how to install the cleats properly for your neutral foot position. Professional bike fitters are another great resource that can help you decide what cleats are right for you.

 

SPD-SL Red Cleat

SM-SH10

SPD-SL Blue Cleat

SM-SH12

SPD-SL Yellow Cleat

SM-SH11

Once you’ve determined which are the right cleats for you and what is the ideal cleat position, it’s time to install your cleats. Start by placing a small dab of grease into each of the captive nuts on the base of your shoe and then use a torque wrench with 4 mm hex bit to tighten the bolts to Shimano’s recommended torque setting of 5-6Nm (43-52 IN LB). The grease helps keep the bolts from seizing in place, while following the recommended torque setting assures the bolts are sufficiently secure but not overtightened, which can damage your shoes or the bolt.

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